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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: American Conservative Union

2006 Positions

Issues: Conservative
State Office District Name Party Rating
HI Governor Neil Abercrombie Democratic 12%
Gary Ackerman 8%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 84%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 0%
Todd Akin 92%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 72%
Rodney Alexander 80%
Wayne Allard 88%
Thomas Allen 8%
Rob Andrews 16%
Joe Baca, Sr. 20%
AL U.S. House 6 Spencer Bachus Republican 88%
Brian Baird 20%
Richard Hugh Baker 92%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 0%
J. Gresham Barrett 96%
GA U.S. House 12 John Barrow Democratic 76%
Roscoe Bartlett 84%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 88%
Max Baucus 8%
Evan Bayh 16%
Melissa Bean 48%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 4%
Bob Bennett 72%
Shelley Berkley 13%
Howard Berman 8%
Marion Berry 56%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 4%
Judy Biggert 64%
Brian Bilbray 94%
Jeff Bingaman 8%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 87%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 64%
NY U.S. House 1 Tim Bishop Democratic 16%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 96%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 8%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 88%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 88%
Kit Bond 80%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 88%
Mary Bono Mack 68%
AR U.S. Senate Jr John Boozman Republican 92%
Dan Boren 72%
Leonard Boswell 44%
Rick Boucher 36%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 80%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 8%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 63%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 88%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 16%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 20%
Henry Brown, Jr. 84%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 25%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 87%
Ginny Brown-Waite 88%
Jim Bunning 96%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 83%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 92%
Dan Burton 88%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 16%
Steve Buyer 83%
Robert Byrd 21%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 80%
MI U.S. House 4 Dave Camp Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 45 John Campbell III Republican 88%
Chris Cannon 90%
VA U.S. House 7 Eric Cantor Republican 92%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 12%
WV U.S. House 2 Shelley Capito Republican 80%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 4%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 8%
Dennis Cardoza 46%
Russ Carnahan 12%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 20%
Julia Carson 4%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 88%
Mike Castle 52%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 96%
GA U.S. Senate Sr Saxby Chambliss Republican 96%
Ben Chandler III 50%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 16%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 8%
Hillary Clinton 8%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 12%
NC U.S. House 6 Howard Coble Republican 92%
OK U.S. Senate Jr Thomas Coburn Republican 100%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 67%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 84%
Norm Coleman 68%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 48%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 88%
Kent Conrad 33%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 4%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 40%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 56%
Jerry Costello 48%
Larry Craig 88%
Robert Cramer 68%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 88%
FL U.S. House 4 Ander Crenshaw Republican 84%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 8%
Barbara Cubin 91%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 68%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 88%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 8%
Artur Davis 44%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 8%
Geoff Davis 84%
Jo Ann Davis 80%
Lincoln Davis 80%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 8%
Thomas Davis III 56%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 92%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 28%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 4%
Bill Delahunt 12%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 8%
James DeMint 100%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 72%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 60%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 64%
Norm Dicks 8%
MI U.S. House 12 John Dingell Democratic 13%
Chris Dodd 8%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 8%
Elizabeth Dole 96%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 75%
John Doolittle 84%
Byron Dorgan 12%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle, Jr. Democratic 12%
Thelma Drake 88%
David Dreier 72%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 88%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 4%
Chet Edwards 68%
Vern Ehlers 68%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 4%
Jo Ann Emerson 72%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 4%
Philip English 80%
John Ensign 100%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 96%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 4%
Bob Etheridge 44%
Terry Everett 88%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 4%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 8%
Tom Feeney 96%
Russ Feingold 8%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 0%
Michael Ferguson 64%
Bob Filner 12%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 100%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 92%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 84%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 75%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 96%
Barney Frank 12%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 100%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 60%
Elton Gallegly 84%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 100%
PA U.S. House 6 Jim Gerlach Republican 62%
Wayne Gilchrest 48%
Paul Gillmor 84%
GA U.S. House 11 Phil Gingrey Republican 92%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 96%
Charlie Gonzalez 16%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 88%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 92%
Bart Gordon 60%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 83%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 76%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 88%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 88%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 20%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 33%
Judd Gregg 72%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 4%
IL U.S. House 4 Luis Gutierrez Democratic 4%
NA U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel Republican 75%
TX U.S. House 4 Ralph Hall Republican 84%
IA U.S. Senate Jr Tom Harkin Democratic 8%
Jane Harman 12%
J. Dennis Hastert 88%
FL U.S. House 20 Alcee Hastings, Sr. Democratic 8%
WA U.S. House 4 Doc Hastings Republican 88%
UT U.S. Senate Sr Orrin Hatch Republican 84%
Robert Hayes 88%
TX U.S. House 5 Jeb Hensarling Republican 100%
Wally Herger, Jr. 92%
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin 60%
NY U.S. House 26 Brian Higgins Democratic 20%
Maurice Hinchey 4%
TX U.S. House 15 Rubén Hinojosa, Sr. Democratic 36%
David Lee Hobson 76%
Pete Hoekstra 92%
Thomas Holden 64%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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